News Update: Social Security Turns 77

August 16, 2012

“In the 77 years since President Franklin Roosevelt signed Social Security into law on August 14, 1935, the retirement program has been one of the nation’s most successful anti-poverty programs. Before Social Security existed, about half of America’s senior citizens lived in poverty. Today, less than 10 percent live in poverty.”

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U.S. Senate is Looking to Reauthorize the Older Americans Act (Fox 44 News)

March 28, 2012

By Joe Gullo WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate is looking to reauthorize the Older Americans Act, a landmark law that supports Meals on Wheels and other programs for seniors. “We are at very critical point in our nation’s history with 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 each and every day.  As a nation, we must give […]

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Poverty in America 50 Years After Michael Harrington’s The Other America (HuffPost Politics)

March 25, 2012

By Peter Dreier Fifty years ago this month Michael Harrington wrote a book, The Other America: Poverty in the United States – a haunting tour of deprivation in an affluent society – that inspired Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson to wage a war on poverty. This slim, 186-page volume became a best-seller and became […]

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Burlington and Barre Head Start to benefit from $3.4M in new federal funding (Burlington Free Press)

March 5, 2012

Vermont is receiving $3.4 million to support Head Start programs in Burlington and Barre, the Vermont congressional delegation announced Monday.The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity is receiving $1.5 million. The Central Vermont Community Action Agency in Barre is getting $1.8 million, a news release stated. Nearly 350 Vermont children of low-income, pre-school age receive […]

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This Week in Poverty: Deal on Unemployment Benefits Leaves Out Poorest (The Nation)

February 23, 2012

By Greg Kaufmann Congresswoman Barbara Lee, co-chair of the Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus, voted against the recent extension of unemployment benefits because it shortened the maximum number of weeks a jobless worker could qualify. “Instead of scaling back unemployment benefits we need to be adding weeks to help people get by when there continues […]

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Dems introduce Buffet rule (MSNBC)

February 1, 2012

Watch Bernie talk to Ed Schultz on MSNBC about the so-called “Buffet rule.”

“…when the effective tax rate for millionaires & billionaires is the lowest it has been in decades, so you have 1/4 of millionaires in this country paying a lower effective tax rate than the average middle-class person… of course it is right to ask the wealthiest people to pay more.”

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This Week in Poverty: State of the Union, State of Florida (The Nation)

January 27, 2012

By Greg Kaufmann Say it with me now—“Poverty.” Maybe even three times—“poverty, poverty, poverty.” Excellent. Why’s that so important? Because for a record 46 million Americans, including 22 percent of all children, that’s what they are living in—less than $22,300 annually for a family of four. Yet in a sixty-five-minute address describing the state of […]

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Elder Poverty and a GOP Sucker Punch – NOW Will Democrats Pledge to Defend Social Security? (HuffPost Politics)

December 9, 2011

By Richard Eskow Here are three things to consider: Nearly one American in six over the age of 65 lives in poverty. A newly progressivized Barack Obama is rocking the populist bandwagon from Osawatomie to the Oval Office. And the Republicans have started attacking Democrats on Social Security — from the left. This would be […]

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Video: Job market even tougher for older Americans (NBC Nightly News)

October 18, 2011

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